Reed & U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officials Preview Arrival Experience for International Travelers at T.F. Green

5/18/2015 — 

With regularly scheduled commercial international flights set to land in Rhode Island next month, U.S. Senator Jack Reed met with airport and federal officials to ensure T.F. Green Airport (PVD) is ready to efficiently welcome the influx of international travelers. 

In a continuous effort to improve airport facilities, Senator Reed, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, has led efforts and worked with the delegation, state officials, and the Obama Administration to help direct an estimated $110 million in federal aviation funds to help upgrade T.F. Green Airport.

Starting June 2, Transportes Aereos de Cabo Verde (TACV) will begin service two times a week, offering flights from Providence to the city of Praia on the island of Santiago.  And beginning June 18, Condor Airlines will start regularly-scheduled seasonal service from Providence to Frankfurt, Germany (FRA).

When regular international service begins, U.S. Customs and Border Protection will examine and inspect all passengers and their baggage arriving into the United States.   International travelers will be escorted directly to the Federal Inspections Station, where they will pass a new blue and white sign that reads, “Welcome to the United States.”